Richard Thompson, the manager of Surrey, has been named the new head of the England and Wales Cricket Board.
Richard Thompson, the manager of Surrey, has been appointed as the new head of the England and Wales Cricket Board.
The 55-year-old will leave his position as chairman of Surrey on September 1 to join the ECB, putting an end to the organization’s 11-month search for a permanent replacement.
Ian Watmore, a former FA president, resigned from his position in October 2021. Martin Darlow has served as interim chair since April.
Following the racism-related scandals that have engulfed the sport in recent months, Thompson immediately vowed to rebuild trust in the ECB.
At such a critical juncture for cricket, Thompson said, “I am immensely proud to become chair of the ECB.”
“Cricket has allowed me to get to know some truly amazing people from all over the world.”
I want to take advantage of their drive, passion, and love for the game to advance it across England and Wales to new heights.
“Cricket should be the most diverse sport in the nation, welcoming players from all backgrounds and uniting neighborhoods.”
I will put forth great effort to win back the trust of the communities where we have failed.
There is much work ahead of us with the men’s and women’s Ashes, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in October, recent successes in our red ball game, and hosting the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2026.
“I am eager to take this chance to give cricket a new beginning by using my experience and love of the game.”
We will cooperate with the counties and the recreational game alongside the board and senior ECB officials.
The future of our sport will depend on cooperation and partnership.
Since taking over as Surrey’s chairman 11 years ago, Thompson has played a crucial role in helping the county become the most prosperous in all of England.
Outside of cricket, he founded and serves as chairman of Mandamp;C Saatchi Merlin and the Mandamp;C Saatchi UK Group.
The selection process was presided over by independent director Brenda Trenowden, with the nominations committee unanimously endorsing Thompson’s candidacy.
Trenowden stated, “We are pleased to announce Richard’s appointment to the ECB as chair.”
His exceptional commercial and cricket administration experience complements our efforts to diversify and grow the game while guiding it through difficult financial times, according to the statement.
In addition, I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Martin Darlow on behalf of the ECB for his superb management over the past few months.
Martin has aided Cricket, which has faced many difficulties in 2022.
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Richard Thompson has been announced the new chairman of the ECB The 55-year-old has served as chairman of Surrey CCC since 2011 ECB’s search for a new chair has been ongoing since Ian Watmore’s departure